Friday, February 01, 2008

Bite Us

AP (02.01.08), via FirstDraft:
"A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

The decision is a setback for the Bush administration, which was displeased by the court's three-judge ruling in July and had urged all 10 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review it. The administration said the decision jeopardized national security.

Court Won't Reconsider Guantanamo Ruling

"The ruling held that, when Guantanamo Bay detainees bring a court challenge to their status as 'enemy combatants,' judges must review all the evidence, not just the evidence the military chooses."

Or doesn't choose. For those little hearings down there, "(d)etainees are not allowed to have lawyers and the Pentagon decides what evidence to present. And unlike in criminal trials, the government is not obligated to turn over evidence that the defendant might be innocent."

Pretty fair, eh?



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